Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Facebook suspends AggregateIQ over alleged ties with data harvesting operation

Facebook suspends AggregateIQ over alleged ties with data harvesting operation

In a separate interview with Financial Times, Sandberg was asked why she remained silent about the Facebook data breach scandal over the past couple of weeks.

"If I could do it over again, I would have gone out and said: 'Yes we are looking into this and we will get back to you!'" Sandberg told FT.

Most recently, word surfaced that Facebook had deleted a number of messages Zuckerberg sent to individuals on the company's Messenger platform.

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She was also asked about whether she feels Facebook played a role in the election of President Trump, now that it's clearer that tech platforms helped spread Russian-linked disinformation and propaganda.

We have discussed this feature several times. And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer - and have their messages automatically deleted. As a result it's likely to take some time for the full facts to come out. As the EFF points out, Facebook has at this point amassed so much data internally for marketing and advertising purposes it simply no longer has any need to sell what it has outside the company to give advertisers what they want.

"Until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives' messages. We should have done this sooner - and we're sorry that we did not", the spokesperson added. They're people who use Facebook, so are investors.

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None of Facebook's terms of service appear to give it the right to remove content from users' accounts unless it violates the company's community standards.

It follows a scandal where a personality quiz app sucked up data for 270,000 Facebook respondents - and more than 80million of their Facebook friends too.

Earlier this week, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, in a blog post, gave country-specific break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the U.S., may have been "improperly" shared with Cambridge Analytica via a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife", between November 2013 and December 2015.

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Next week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about his company's failure to prevent the data firm Cambridge Analytica from siphoning off information belonging to up to 87 million people, the majority of whom are believed to be Americans. "So we have now disabled this feature", Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, said in a blog post published Wednesday. "We will still be launching new products but prior to launching them we are sitting down and trying to think of all the possible bad uses of them and what bad actors might do with them".

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